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Maintenance people: There's a new log in town. Check it out here: User:Fnoodle/QA.

It's called the "QA log," which I think stands for "quality assurance," but honestly I just ripped it off one of our generic delete reasons. It logs any edits related to maintenance templates, which is something we've been lacking for a long time now. Before, users could sneak an {{ICU}} off their article without anyone noticing, leaving it to rot. The QA log stops that cold; now all maintenance template additions and removals are in the open for all to see.

Another sneaky way people could slip crappy articles under the radar was by putting it in userspace first, then moving it so it doesn't show up on Special:Newpages. Well, never fear, the QA log shows those too.

If you don't want yet another page to patrol and you already lurk in cvn-wikia-uncyc, you're in luck - the QA log is there too in the form of uncycQA.

And remember, deliberate template abuse is a bannable offense. So if you catch anybody in the act, report them to UN:BP. Unless you're an admin. In which case, bug a less lazy admin to do it. Or if you don't want to do that, just sort of shout at them a bit.

Note to admins: If you want to change the templates being logged, edit this. It doesn't matter if you modify the DPL, add more DPL, or even add a template manually. Just make sure it fits the pattern after you save the page.  Sir Skullthumper, MD (criticize  writings  SU&W) 07:47 Jun 15, 2011

Here is a problem with what Fnoodle is currently doing, take this log entry when I added {{Category diffuse}} to Category:British:

08:13, June 15, 2011 Frosty (talk | contribs | block) added {{Category diffuse}} to (Diffuse this cat!) (diff)

Additionally User:Fnoodle/QA is now apart of the Brittish category. Can Skully here guess his mistake from this information? --Snowman111 Butlerstar Frosty dah snowguy contribs KUN PLEB Big GREEN Button Big red button 08:25, June 15, 2011 (UTC)

This literally occurred to me as I was falling asleep last night. Don't worry, I'll fix it.  Sir Skullthumper, MD (criticize  writings  SU&W) 17:07 Jun 15, 2011
Fixed, and also fixed another issue where the bot would crash if it couldn't login. I bolded the removes on the log, too, cuz it was getting hard for me to see what was goin' on in there. Already found an ICU removal I wouldn't have found otherwise, though. (pats self on back)  Sir Skullthumper, MD (criticize  writings  SU&W) 18:00 Jun 15, 2011

Wow. Now that is VERY useful. MrN Icons-flag-gb HalIcon.png WhoreMrn.png Fork you! 19:45, Jun 15


So, um, what do you think? What can be improved? I've already spotted one thing I want to fix, which is that swapping out one template for another shows up as two log entries instead of one; I'll likely replace that with a fourth type of message, something like "{user} swapped {template} for {template} on {article}". A few things I'd like to know though:

  • How many entries should be kept? Right now the log maxes out at 100.
  • Do you want colors for different types of log entries?
  • How about individual pages for only removals, only additions, etc?  Sir Skullthumper, MD (criticize  writings  SU&W) 21:41 Jun 19, 2011
Colours could be nice. Options for specific pages could be nice. 1234 ~ 16px-Pointy 22:14, 19 June 2011
Options for specific pages? How so?  Sir Skullthumper, MD (criticize  writings  SU&W) 23:14 Jun 19, 2011
I mean those ones you mentioned. 1234 ~ 16px-Pointy 02:18, 20 June 2011
Oh, okay. I'll do that stuff. Anything else?  Sir Skullthumper, MD (criticize  writings  SU&W) 13:32 Jun 20, 2011
Unless you can think of a way to make people actually want to do maintenance... 1234 ~ 16px-Pointy 13:37, 20 June 2011
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